TV fans have a growing number of options when it comes to choosing a television service provider. People can now choose over-the-air, cable or satellite, and now even telephone companies are branching out to offer TV service. One of those is Verizon's FiOS (Fiber Optics), which is similar to cable TV in many respects except for the technology involved. Comcast is one of the leading cable providers in the nation today; if you live in an area where both Comcast and FiOS are available, there are plenty of similarities between the two, but a few differences as well.
Price is the first factor many people look at with TV service providers. Both Comcast Cable and FiOS offer different plans with the prices based on the number of channels and features ordered. Comcast has the lower price for its basic package at $16.50 (round figures) per month for over 50 channels. It has a handful of other packages from $56 to $128 a month (after lower rates for a 6- or 12-month introductory period). FiOS has two main packages: $48 a month for over 250 channels and $58 a month to add up to 41 more high-definition (HD) channels and 30 other channels.
Both Verizon's FiOS and Comcast Cable offer their television packages in a bundle with home phone and Internet service that can save money compared to ordering each separately. FiOS bundles all three for as low as $80 a month, though that jumps to $110 a month after the first 6 months. Comcast's bundles start at $115 a month for the first 12 months for all three services, with larger packages up to $180 a month